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Title: M. Ida Phares to Walt Whitman, 1888

Date: 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07057

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial notes: The annotation, "see notes Nov. 10, 1888," is in the hand of Horace Traubel.

Related item: Whitman crossed out this letter and used the bottom half of the page to write notes and a quote from the Scottish historian and essayist Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881). See loc.03440.

Contributors to digital file: Marie Ernster, Cristin Noonan, Amanda J. Axley, and Stephanie Blalock

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Mr. Walt Whitman,
Camden, N.J.
Dear Sir:—

Some four or five weeks ago I wrote you1 for your autograph, but have as yet received no reply. Will you not kindly favor me by early mail? It will be greatly appreciated.

Yours very truly,
M. Ida Phares

M. (Mary?) Ida Phares (1863–1910) was born in Bordentown, New Jersey, in 1863; she was the daughter of Henry T. and Christianna Peppler Phares. M. Ida Phares was a stenographer, and she was employed in the Adjutant General's Office in Trenton, New Jersey. She later married T. Harry Mason (1874–1974).


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